WARREN - For the family of the woman shot in the head by a stray bullet fired from outside of Gadd's Olympic Inn on Aug. 4, a ruling that the bar's liquor license would not be renewed is ''good.''
Terrance Dial on Tuesday described his wife Pamela's recovery from the bullet wound as "not bad."
Pamela Dial was struck in the head while she was lying asleep in her bed. Dial has endured numerous surgeries and physical therapy sessions since the stray bullet went through the home's wood walls, through her pillow and into her head.
The Ohio Division of Liquor Control rejected Linda Gadd's request for the renewal of the D-5 liquor license for Gadd's Olympic Inn, 1129 Parkman Road, based on its findings that the bar substantially interferes with the safety of the neighborhood, and its owners have demonstrated a disregard for state ordinances.
The denial announced on Tuesday was based on testimony at a Dec. 11 hearing in Warren City Council caucus room, during which it was established that police responded to at least 27 calls at the bar during 2012.
"The serious nature of these calls has escalated," wrote Bruce D. Stevenson, the superintendent with Division of Liquor Control. ''They frequently include(d) fights, assaults, large crowds and gunshots."
There were 25 gunshots heard in the area of Gadd's Olympic Inn on April 25. Weapons were found on the premises on June 23 and gunshots were reported being fired on July 21. Shell casings were found on its parking lot two days later.
Dial was wounded on Aug. 4, shortly after hearing gunshots outside of her home, which is next door to the bar. Shell casing from a .44 magnum weapon were found in the bar's parking lot.
Antonio Maurice Price, 26, of Arthur Drive N.W., Warren, was indicted on charges of felonious assault and discharging a firearm at or into a habitation, both with firearm specifications, in connection with the shooting.
Shortly after the shooting, the liquor license was placed with the state for safe keeping until the renewal decision was made.
Linda Gadd, who owns Gadd's Olympic Inn, in December said she was interested in getting the liquor license renewed, so she could sell the bar. The bar originally was operated by her husband, Richard D. Gadd, who died in 2009.
During the Dec. 11 hearing, attorney Andrew Zellers, representing Gadd, said his client did everything the police told her to do to ensure safety at the bar, except hiring off-duty police officers for security.
Councilman Eddie Colbert, D-7th ward, said he was sad that it had to get to a point that a business on one of the city's main thoroughfares had to be closed, but the number one concern elected leaders have is the safety of city residents.
"We had no choice but to take the action we did to recommend rejection of the liquor license renewal," Colbert said. "It appear the division agreed with our position."
"I was very happy when I read the ruling," Warren Mayor Doug Franklin said. "It underscores what our efforts are in making sure the liquor establishments follow the law and are responsible members of the community."
"They have to respect the peace and well being of others that surround their establishments," he said.
Franklin said he hopes the Division of Liquor control delivers a similar ruling in the city's effort to get the state to reject the renewal of the Sunset Lounge.
"The facts are similar," Franklin said. "The shooting at Olympic Inn involved someone being injured. Sunset Lounge had a fatal shooting.
Cory Blackwell, 25, of Warren, died of gunshot wounds early Jan. 1 at the Sunset Lounge, 480 E. Market St. A liquor hearing was held about the Sunset Lounge's liquor license on Feb. 7.
Attorney Dennis DiMartino, representing Joseph Sankey, owner of Sunset Lounge's liquor license, stipulated to city charges that he failed to notify the division of liquor control of a change of an ownership interest at the bar, that a felon had an interest in the liquor permit, and liquor had been purchased from an unauthorized dealer.